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Forgotten slave owners, tracking the money
Wed, November 2, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM GMT
A repeat of the over-subscribed launch of the major new update for the LBS (Legacies of British Slave-ownership) database, tracing the ownership of estates from the 1760s to the 1830s, incorporating 20,000 new individuals and linking 8,000 estates in the British Caribbean to the slave compensation records.
In 1834 when the British abolished slavery in the Caribbean the government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Africans.
Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited ? What houses were built ? What institutions were established ? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout ? Can it be identified and quantified ? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 5 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and created a searchable, user-friendly website that covers...
- Which individuals received monies and how much.
- Which houses they lived and what they bought
- Which cultural/ educational institutions they established or supported with the money
- What islands/plantations/ individuals in the Caribbean were compensated
- Exactly how banks and financial institutions used the money to further the needs of empire
- The role of slave-owners as writers and historians
- The connections between the compensation, finance companies and political parties
- Physical legacies; buildings, statues, parks, docks,railways, bridges, libraries
- How to use the website to expand your own personal, professional or genealogical research
This event will be a series of short talks with:
- Dr Nick Draper : Historical context of the research and database, new findings and their significance
- Rachel Lang: How to use the new database and the new plantation mapping feature
- Kirsty Warren: Slave Registers and Children
- Tony Warner: How this history links to the streets you live and work in
Plus Question and Answer session
This event will start at 6.30pm, latecomers will miss out and may not get a seat
Admission free but must book via Eventbrite . Donations accepted